Distinguished Service Cross Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Carlos Maurice Talbott (0-25797),
Captain (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while
serving as Pilot of a P-47 Fighter Airplane in the 397th Fighter Squadron, 368th Fighter Group, NINTH Air Force, in aerial combat
against enemy forces on 11 September 1944, during an air mission over in the European Theater of Operations. On that date, Captain
Talbott found his squadron of P-47 Thunderbolt fighter planes outnumbered three to one by German fighters over Belgium. The Luftwaffe
fighters were flying at 20,000 feet, well above their intended American targets, and had positioned themselves to block the return to the
base of the Thunderbolts, which were low on fuel and ammunition. Captain Talbott ended up alone at 15,000 feet after losing his element
leader and wingman, but he still downed two German fighters and disrupted the enemy formation's attack before his plane was shot down.
As Captain Talbott parachuted to the ground, he was amazed to see the four pursuing Luftwaffe pilots salute him before flying away.
Captain Talbott's unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great
credit upon himself, the 9th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Strategic Forces in Europe, General Orders No. 97 (1944)
Units served with
The 368th Fighter Group flew P-47s in combat from England from March 1944. In the days after D-Day the Group supported Allied ground troops fighting in the Cherbourg penisula and then around St. Lo. The Group received a DUC for flying seven missions in...